Now we can watch a sitcom about immigrants!
Today, we are going to talk about a new comedy on NBC called “Sunnyside”! It stars Kal Penn (the tall guy from the Harold and Kumar movies) as Garrett Modi, a down-on-his-luck former city council member who is booted out of office. Somehow, he is hired by a motley crew of immigrants to be their “citizenship test tutor.”
Before we go any further, I know that some of you might be wondering about my qualifications to critique a show about immigrants in Sunnyside, Queens. Well, I have watched “Coming to America” at least twenty times and 90% of that movie happens in Queens. (Fun factoid: Not only is Queens the largest of the five boroughs, it is also the most ethnically diverse.) Also, when I first moved to New York City, I lived in Woodside, which is two stops away on the illustrious 7 line from Sunnyside. (I lived near the 61st Street stop, which is an express station. When I first moved in, I thought “This is great! I will be in Manhattan in ten minutes!” Then, during my first week of work, I learned that the express train was very full by the time it reached Woodside. Which then forced me to discover the benefits of the local. Like how my commute to work would take an extra 30 minutes.)
ABOUT THAT CITIZENSHIP TEST